Traffic Fumes Linked To Brain Damage, Autism

Not that this should be any great surprise, but maybe now that scientists are able to measure the adverse effects of combustion-engine vehicle pollution, legislators will take action. One can dream, anyway. From the Wall Street Journal:

Congested cities are fast becoming test tubes for scientists studying the impact of traffic fumes on the brain.

As roadways choke on traffic, researchers suspect that the tailpipe exhaust from cars and trucks—especially tiny carbon particles already implicated in heart disease, cancer and respiratory ailments—may also injure brain cells and synapses key to learning and memory.

New public-health studies and laboratory experiments suggest that, at every stage of life, traffic fumes exact a measurable toll on mental capacity, intelligence and emotional stability. “There are more and more scientists trying to find whether and why exposure to traffic exhaust can damage the human brain,” says medical epidemiologist Jiu-Chiuan Chen at the University of Southern California who is analyzing the effects of traffic pollution on the brain health of 7,500 women in 22 states. “The human data are very new.”

So far, the evidence is largely circumstantial but worrisome, researchers say. And no one is certain yet of the consequences for brain biology or behavior. “There is real cause for concern,” says neurochemist Annette Kirshner at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. “But we ought to proceed with caution.”…

[continues in the Wall Street Journal]

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21 Comments on "Traffic Fumes Linked To Brain Damage, Autism"

  1. Maybe this explains why so many drivers of SUVs and and pickup trucks are fucking retarded.

  2. Maybe this explains why so many drivers of SUVs and and pickup trucks are fucking retarded.

  3. Sam Fisher | Nov 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm |

    Sitting in traffic is worse for you than smoking a joint. How ass backwards we are…

  4. Sam Fisher | Nov 8, 2011 at 11:05 am |

    Sitting in traffic is worse for you than smoking a joint. How ass backwards we are…

  5. Chocolate | Nov 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm |

    I think your on to something here….

  6. We all have blood on our hands.

  7. We all have blood on our hands.

    • LDV Engineer | Nov 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm |

      Now what do you mean by that? Because we all drive vehicles that pollute the air we are all responsible for causing brain damage? 

      We don’t choose the fuel we use, “they” force it on us. Any alternative that will take from the profits of the energy industry is not allowed. The societal problems that we have can be solved in the blink of an eye if the solutions were to be financed. I mean REAL solutions, not this ethanol and hybrid garbage. 

      It boils my blood to hear the corrupt powers point the finger at us for polluting our biosphere when they prevent all the solutions from manifesting. 

      Look at battery technologies, how many breakthroughs has there been in the past decade alone? Every one is funded, buried, or bought out by energy industry. 

      It just makes me so angry to see their fingers pointed at us while they hold the solutions behind their backs in the name of defense or “national security”. The only thing they are securing is their future profits.

      Sorry for ranting.     

  8. laughing stock | Nov 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm |

    traffic linked to brain damage period. Cant wait for automatic traffic so i can read a book while in the car to make up for the damage from the fumes. 

  9. laughing stock | Nov 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm |

    traffic linked to brain damage period. Cant wait for automatic traffic so i can read a book while in the car to make up for the damage from the fumes. 

  10. Hell,I was betting on GMO’s!

  11. Hell,I was betting on GMO’s!

  12. LDV Engineer | Nov 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm |

    Now what do you mean by that? Because we all drive vehicles that pollute the air we are all responsible for causing brain damage? 

    We don’t choose the fuel we use, “they” force it on us. Any alternative that will take from the profits of the energy industry is not allowed. The societal problems that we have can be solved in the blink of an eye if the solutions were to be financed. I mean REAL solutions, not this ethanol and hybrid garbage. 

    It boils my blood to hear the corrupt powers point the finger at us for polluting our biosphere when they prevent all the solutions from manifesting. 

    Look at battery technologies, how many breakthroughs has there been in the past decade alone? Every one is funded, buried, or bought out by energy industry. 

    It just makes me so angry to see their fingers pointed at us while they hold the solutions behind their backs in the name of defense or “national security”. The only thing they are securing is their future profits.

    Sorry for ranting.     

  13. But smoking a joint while sitting in traffic
    obviates the negative effects.

  14. E.B. Wolf | Nov 9, 2011 at 2:47 am |

    Too bad it will likely introduce other negative effects.

  15. Hadrian999 | Nov 9, 2011 at 11:30 pm |

    totally explains NASCAR

  16. Hadrian999 | Nov 9, 2011 at 11:30 pm |

    totally explains NASCAR

  17. Hadrian999 | Nov 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm |

    totally explains NASCAR

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